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Field and Constable on Ulster
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:49:37 PM »
The appointment of Brian McLaughlin as the new Ulster coach was a bit of a surprise but he will bring a lot of experience from his time as a successful coach at schools' and Under 21 level and as skills coach with Ireland.

Brian made himself available on a two year sabbatical from his job as a physical education teacher and I see it as something of an interim appointment until his assistant Jeremy Davidson finds his feet as a professional coach.

The best players do not necessarily make the best combinations and although the friendlies have gone well, the real test will come against the Dragons on Sunday.

The loss of Rory Best is a massive blow, especially as two other hookers, Neil Hanna and Stuart Philpott, have both been released.

In the past Ulster has had a tendency to bring in players who have looked good on video but have not always produced the goods so hopefully this year they have been shrewd in their research as to who they've brought in.

Obviously we don't have the spending capacity that the major clubs in Europe enjoy and many of them have been using the Magners League as a training ground while we have been putting out full strength teams.

Ulster are working with a young squad and realistically a mid table finish in the Magners League is the best we can hope for.

To qualify for the last eight from our Heineken Cup pool is a massive ask, and while Bath is a very intimidating place to play, we could turn over Bath and Edinburgh at home if we play to our capability.

Stade Francais do not have fond memories of playing at Ravenhill and if we Cheap NFL College Football Jerseys get in their face, you never know what can happen.

One thing that Brian and Jeremy will instil is a more aggressive approach in defence and offence and if there is a chance to put points on the board, we will take it.

Expansive rugby is good to watch but you must also be pragmatic and stop the opposition playing rugby.

If the team performs and shows that they are playing for each other and the white shirt, then the Ulster public will get behind them.

Ulster people like honest triers, not players who are earning a lot of money but not performing, and they will be asking why players are still in a job if they do not perform.

The Ulster hierarchy had to appoint a new coach on the basis of the candidates who were interested in the job and who was available and I Dt5FW6a9x think they made the right decision for where the organisation stands at the moment.

The coaches have all come through the system in Ulster and have Ulster rugby in their blood.

The most important appointment was the clarification of David Humphreys' role within the organisation.

Everyone involved in the set up has significant knowledge and passion for Ulster rugby and in some ways the organisation is going back to its roots, building a culture and ethos around the local identity.

That identity and culture of representing the province has earned us wins where we should not have won in the past, so hopefully that will happen again.

The squad lost cheap nfl jerseys authentic a lot of influential players all at once before the start of last season and the process of fully replacing them is still in its infancy.

The rebuilding process has started, with young players joining the senior ranks, but the full benefits of that production line may take a few years to come to fruition.

Anyone who thought that Ulster would enjoy instant success after losing so many players was mistaken.

The province does not have the money to buy a quality team so you have to build from within.

Having said that, the prospects for three to five years down the line are extremely bright as it will take some time for the young lads to realise their potential.

The team must dig their heels in and be obstinate at home and display a physical fitness above that of other sides.

There must be passion and a commitment to defence to help put a pride back in the performances and Cheap Throwback Jerseys From China make Ravenhill a fortress once again.


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